4th Year Bachelor of Arts

Psychology Major with French Minor

Melissa started helping students as an arts peer mentor during the Fall 2013 semester and will continue in that role during the Winter 2014 semester

Why did you decide to become an Arts Peer Mentor?

I decided to become an Arts Peer Mentor because I experienced first-hand the benefit of having a senior student guide me through my first year of university. The transition to university life can be extremely overwhelming. The RBC Arts Peer Mentoring Program helps students succeed and I am thrilled to be a part of it!

What is the most rewarding part so of being a Peer Mentor?

The most rewarding part of being a Peer Mentor is seeing fellow students enjoy their university experience and achieve their academic goals. I am continually encouraged by my mentees' progress, dedication, and enthusiasm. This program benefits all those involved and I have learned so much from my peers and the Arts Advice Centre staff.

Is there something in particular about the program that students should know or might find interesting?

I think that students should know that mentoring sessions are tailored to fit their needs. Mentors and mentees work together to address specific questions and concerns.

Do you have any advice for first year students adapting to University? Tips?

My advice for first year students would be to take advantage of the resources UFV has to offer! If you are stressed about choosing a major, writing a term paper, or even finding a job, there are services to help you out! The Arts Advice Centre, the Writing Centre and the Career Centre are just a few of the numerous resources that can help make your university experience a lot smoother.

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